Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Grownman's Fast Finds - October

Welcome back folks to another edition of Grownman's Fast Finds. It's a grab bag of heavy for just about anybody. Roll up your sleeves, turn your stereo up and get ready to see the chiropractor for an adjustment after you cut through all of these tracks. Happy head banging!

Rheia by Oathbreaker
SUPER POWERFUL, Female lead vocals, crazy ass tempos, dark and heavy.

1312 by Dopethrone
This is grind your teeth metal of the dope smoking vein. For a band named after an Electric Wizard album, they deliver a good source of your daily satanic strain.  I enjoy the look of the albums artwork, it immediately grabbed my attention. I also really enjoy the few sound bytes they use throughout these three tracks. This album is short but it'll make you feel like you consumed an unhealthy amount of edibles on a train ride to hell.
March on Gravitation by FROMHELL
I covered FromHell's last album on the blog a few years ago. Great to hear bands from areas like Indonesia combining traditional black metal with their own native elements. There is a nice mix hellacious screetches and clean singing choruses throughout "Summoning Stars". I honestly can't wait til this full album drops. Lots of energy. "Summoning Stars" is available to stream now on Bandcamp.

ALieNation by Blackning
Definitely feeling a combination of chaos a.d. era Sepultura and the modern cavalera conspiracy sound on this album. Quite a pedigree to emulate. The vocals are a strange cross between Max Cavalera and Early Hatebreed Jamey Jasta, can't go wrong with that combo. But Blackning are far from copycats, they toss in some great straight up rock and roll moments that keep this from truly descending into just another Brazilian thrash outfit. Definitely a fresh album.

RattBlack by RattBlack
A true skate thrash album that even includes a guest appearance by Pro Skateboarder Geoff Rowley.
Hard charging tunes that remind me of the mid 80's thrash before the crossover took effect. Some great riffing on par with Kirk Hammet at his peak. As the album unfolds you realize how great these guys are at playing their instruments. Was definitely not expecting this caliber of playing on a skate thrash record.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Grownman guests on the latest Blockbuster Dropouts!!!

I had the pleasure to be a guest on the latest Blockbuster Dropouts where we talk about the movie Krampus and break down our top 5 great bands/bad albums list. Check out the podcast and subscribe to the Blockbuster Dropouts podcast, also available on ITUNES (give it a 5star rating).....you may hear more from Grownman on the station!

Friday, October 14, 2016

1000 MODS: Repeated Exposure To...
"Repeated Exposure To..." has earned 1000 Mods a promotion from cool stoner band to great stoner band.  I've always liked 1000 Mods' other releases, but this is the one I've been waiting for.  It represents their best songwriting, production and overall cohesiveness to date.  Really professional, sincere and energetic rock with a heavy fuzz sound.
Check these tunes out;  Here's "A.W.".  I love the way it finishes, starting around 3:30.
And the opener, "Above 179."
 By the way, 1000 Mods' first release, the "Liquid Sleep" EP from 2009, is available for free on Bandcamp.  Check out the Sabbathy beginning to the first track, "Burnt Sleep." Also note how far the band has come since then.

1000 Mods is from Chiliomodi, Greece.  They are:
- Dani G. / Bass & Vox
- Giannis S. / Guitars
- George T. / Guitars
- Labros G. / Drums

Hope you enjoyed; more top-shelf Greek stoner rock next weekend.  Until then!

A Quick Take - Korn First Four Videos for Upcoming "The Serenity of Suffering"

 A quick take on "The Serenity of Suffering"

Korn recently released four videos for their next album "The Serenity of Suffering". Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis has been quoted as saying, "I always thought this was the album that’s in the same vein as ‘Untouchables‘, ’cause that’s my favorite Korn record in totality."
After hearing the first four tracks, I have to agree, they are as heavy and contemplative as some of my favorite tracks(Here to Stay, I alone..etc) on the underrated "Untouchables" album. As a fan of their last album, "Paradigm Shift", which I felt was a perfect combination of their early aggressive sound mixed with a more focused outlook on catchy hooks/choruses, I see a lot of similarities to their approach on this upcoming album. Insane and Rotting in Vein are heavy tracks that incorporate Davis' signature skat vocalizations while a mid tempo Different World has a really nice guest vocal drop from none other than Corey Taylor of Slipknot. So far the weakest of the four tracks released so far is Take Me. A song that has sonically powerful moments yet lacks the depth of the three other tracks.
"The Serenity of Suffering" will be released on October 21th.

Friday, September 30, 2016

This album stuck its teeth into me faster than a cobra.  Raunchy, quick-moving tunes that seem to have borrowed a tiny piece from just about every metal band I ever liked.  The vocals are intentionally obscured, which somehow adds to the spooky evil vibe the band creates.  Grownman turned me on to Possessor back in 2014 with this post on the band's Electric Hell album.
The cover art pulled me in and the music made me stay.  One of the things I appreciate the most about Possessor is that they keep the ideas moving, and avoid any chance of monotony.  Here is the lead track, "Afterburner."  What a cool opener.
Every track is worthy, but here's one that really shows where the band has progressed since the last album.  This is "Slaughter High."
Dead By Dawn is a must have if you liked these tracks; there are seven more, just as cool.
Possessor is:
Keep it heavy; until next weekend.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

First Listen CD REVIEW - Neruosis Fires Within Fires

Fires Within Fires

   This follow up to Honor Found In Decay once again finds the band peering out through the forest of their own discontent. Throughout their thirty year journey the band has been in a drastic evolution from hardcore to tribal metal. While their last album felt like they took all of the albums from the second half of their career and blended them together with sticks, stones and a short stack of seventies rock classics, this album takes them on a new journey. If everything adding up to this point could be considered breakfast, lunch and supper, Fires within Fires should be the late night fourth meal. Like any Neurosis album you don't merely listen to the album, you must absorb it. Known for their accompanying visuals in regards to cd artwork and sometimes bonus video material, Thomas Hooper's cover art has visualized the duality of darkness and light found on this album.
   Fire is the perfect element to describe this cd. You can often find yourself staring into a flame while it destroys everything outside the blaze. The beautiful glow of the intro to "Blending Light" and the stripped down almost Tom Waits-ish "Broken Ground" surround the crackling heat of "Fire is the End Lesson" like a conical sphere of branches. Feeling very much like a forest tribe sifting through the ashes of its dead, Neurosis are constantly exploring and clearing away the soot hidden in the shadows of their past accolades as a band. This album will leave a mark on you. Be forewarned you might just walk away smelling of smoke and your clothes thick with a layer of auburn dust once you reach the burning embers of this album's closing track "Reach".



Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Chris Cornell fronted a sort of stoner rock band and ran his voice through a little ozzy'ish voice distorter. You're in luck! Gozu's Revival Slays!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Details of New Superjoint (Formerly Superjoint Ritual) Album

Caught Up In The Gears of Application
(release date November 11 via Housecore Record label)
Track Listing 
01. Today And Tomorrow
02. Burning The Blanket
03. Ruin You
04. Caught Up In The Gears Of The Application
05. Sociopathic Herd Delusion
06. Circling The Drain
07. Clickbait
08. Asshole
09. Mutts Bite Too
10. Rigging The Fight
11. Receiving No Answer To The Knock

Philip Anselmo - vocals - (Pantera, Down..etc)
drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (WARBEAST, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Here's a famous quote that comes to mind when I hear Black Mountain: Black Mountain doesn't care what you want to hear; they just play what they want to play.  The result is a really original take on hippy rock, with several classics on each of their albums.  A lot of Black Mountain tunes are a bit too mellow for me, but I sure do respect their sincerity, originality and musical ability.  Here's one of my favorites from IV, "Mothers of the Sun."  Stick with this one; takes three and a half minutes for guitar to reappear after the intro, but it's worth the wait.  I love the album's trippy vibe, tasteful fuzz guitar sound and Stephen McBean's soloing around 4:40.
Here's "Constellations".  In addition to the cool guitar sound and hint of cowbell, I love the trading off between Stephen and Amber Webber on vocals.  Their voices complement each other even more than usual on this one.

Black Mountain are (right to left I believe):
Stephen McBean - lead vocals, backup vocals, guitars, claps, synth, percussion, keyboards 
Arjan Miranda - bass, bass synth, guitar, bass pedals, ebow guitar 
Jeremy Schmidt - synths, bass synth, sequences, hammond, vocoder, mellotron, 
Amber Webber - lead vocals, claps 
Joshua Wells - drums, percussion, claps, piano, synth, rhodes piano, backup vocals, sequences, bass synth, phase rhodes, wurlitzer 

Other performers: 
Warren Hill - backup vocals 
Eyvind Kang - viola and violin (Line Them All Up) 
Josiah Boothby - french horn (Line Them All Up)

For those of you that prefer it less trippy and more heavy, I've got you covered next weekend.  
Until then - ULTRA

Grownman's Fast Finds

I'm back, the summer is over. Fast Finds for the start of Autumn. I review some recent stuff from New England where our office is located. I even review a former chili pepper....hmmm..how bout that? Yeah, let's get this bitch started, pedal to the floor, wastelands all around. If we're all going to hell in a hand basket, might as well have some tunes to carry us through.

Russian Circles - Guidance

Russian Circles are killing it on Guidance, when have Russian Circles not killed it? The most consistent band so many people have no clue about. One of the most entertaining instrumental Metal bands on the scene. The music is difficult to describe in words. You just need to check them out and understand....

Thrawsunblat - Metacthonia

Thrawsunblat lead by legendary Woods of Ypres guitarist Joel Violette have been a tour de force for years in the Canadian metal underground. (Thrawsunblat were originally formed prior to Woods of Ypres.)Thrawsunblat bring together elements of black, folk and maritime metal. Much of their music celebrates their atmospheric surroundings. This album is no different as it explores the "epoch after the age of the earth". If you long to run from the political discussions on social media and live in the woods behind your house or local big box store, charge your digital music device and load up this album.

John Frusciante - The Empyrean
While working on some freelance design work at home I was reduced to trying to find something different to check out that may be great to have on as background music. I found this Frusciante solo album on youtube randomly and decided to give it a go......holy shit...how did I never hear of this album? Talk about pulling at the heart strings. Maybe it took the near death episodes of drug addiction and overdoses for John Frusciante to be able to pulloff such passionate and heavenly tones. I don't believe I've ever used those words to describe any album on here before. Check out this album, it's a few years old but sounds as relevant as anything the rest of chili pepper brethren have put out in years.

III - Lines and Lands

Dark, atmospheric metal from Italy. Self described as a DIY aka Hand crafted project, we get to hear a nice mix of clean atmospheric instrumentation that's inevitably pulled down into a maelstrom of black metal shreeks and riffage. The production is somewhat raw which makes the music feel a bit more dangerous and primal. The band sold out it's original pressing only charging the price it took to create the album. I give a band a lot of credit for putting their love of the music in the forefront. Give this band a listen, an album where both beauty and horror mingle and exist well together.

Wreak - The Pursuit of Peace Through Excessive Violence

Straight out of Providence, Wreak have been quickly cutting a path of violence across the Southern New England area over the past year. I've been following Rob Cinami's (drummer for Wreak) career for some time now and Wreak seems to be the perfect vehicle for his atomic battery of percussive power. With thrashy rhythms for days and abrasive enough vocals to peel the paint off a steel tank, Wreak are serious contenders to take over a scene chockfull of heavyweights. Highly recommend the heavy metal brethren of the greater New England area to make the trek to wherever they are playing next. While you're at it check out their latest cd! It's what the kids call "straight up fire"....up your ass....that's why I say. My favorite track: The Great & Mighty..........really you can't go wrong on this album.

Cyborg Journals - War Torn

After a few failed attempts to review this album Cyborg Journals put up this album on Bandcamp.
I hadn't heard much from the band before and I try not figure out a band just based on their genre tags. I threw it on and immediately started scratching my head. Is this metal, avante gard art rock or does it remind me of another band. Half way through, I started thinking of Voivod. Voivod are all over the map from one album to the next. This stuff is pretty diverse and the album becomes increasingly more interesting as it reaches later tracks. While I do prefer a little more polish to production, something about the imperfections actually help the tracks. The vocals range from contemplative to late 90's metal shrieking. There is a blend of psychedelic rock, industrial metal and gothic overtones throughout. The album succeeds in the moments when it's most focused and a bit faster paced. Fine tuning and mixing could benefit the album in a big way. Check it out and let me know what you think.